Whiplash Specialist

Premier Pain Institute

Sham Vengurlekar, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Phoenix, AZ

When a sudden injury or car accident strikes, worrying about whiplash is the last problem you need on your plate. Sham Vengurlekar, MD, at Premier Pain Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, is highly skilled in the treatment of neck pain, and whiplash is no exception. Caused by an abrupt back and forth movement of the neck, whiplash is both painful and dangerous when left untreated. For more information on your whiplash treatment options, call Premier Pain Institute, or book an appointment online today.

Whiplash Q & A

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a painful neck injury caused by a rapid back and forth movement of the neck, much like a whip. In most cases, trauma sparks whiplash, such as a sudden injury or car accident.

What causes whiplash?

Most whiplash cases are the result of a rear-end car accident, which typically causes your neck to jerk forward and back rapidly. Other common whiplash causes include:

  • Contact sports, such as football, lacrosse, hockey, or soccer
  • Injuries that suddenly hyperextend the neck
  • Slips and falls
  • Repeated stress
  • Abuse

While an injury or accident most often cause whiplash, it’s important to note that something as small as a sudden change in direction can also lead to whiplash.

Which whiplash symptoms should I look out for?

The telltale sign of whiplash is severe neck pain; however, some other common whiplash symptoms include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Dizziness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Discomfort when moving
  • Headaches that start at the base of the skull
  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Difficulties concentrating

If you experience any of the above symptoms following an accident or injury, especially if the pain spreads to your arms, seek medical attention right away.

How is whiplash treated?

Before recommending treatment, Dr. Vengurlekar at Premier Pain Institute examines the range of motion in your head, neck, and arms to ensure you have not lost mobility. If further testing is necessary, he may order X-ray scans, an MRI, or a CT scan.

The goal in any whiplash treatment plan is to alleviate neck pain and restore the range of motion in your neck. Depending on the severity of your case, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers and rest may be enough to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain in your neck. Additional whiplash treatment options at Premier Pain Institute include:

  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Lidocaine injections to numb irritated muscles
  • Certain neck exercises
  • Massages

Without proper treatment, whiplash causes chronic neck pain and stiffness. This can impact your ability to perform at work, exercise without pain, or fully enjoy the hobbies and activities that you love. To find out the right treatment option for you, call Premier Pain Institute or book an appointment online today.

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